Choir Day

Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Choir Day gives high school choirs the opportunity to come together in the Music Building to perform for and listen to fellow choir members, directors and NIU faculty members. Students also have the chance to learn from an accomplished guest clinician.


  • Cost: $250 per school (due two weeks before event)
  • Registration deadline: Sept. 10, 2021
    • This clinic is limited to seven schools.
  • Notification deadline: Sept. 17, 2021

Be sure to register by the deadline. Faculty will select groups from those received by the registration deadline. We will contact the directors chosen to participate by the notification deadline. A registration fee is charged for each ensemble and is due two weeks before the event date. Please note: only one ensemble per school, unless space allows.

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If you cancel five or more business days before the event, you may request a refund from Kristin Sherman at or 815-753-1450. No refunds will be made after this time unless NIU cancels the event.


Participants will work with several NIU faculty members, including:

  • Eric Johnson
  • Orna Arania
  • Mary Lynn Doherty

Guest Clinician

For Choir Day 2021 the NIU School of Music welcomes Jerry Blackstone as our guest clinician!

GRAMMY Award winner Jerry Blackstone is a leading conductor and highly respected conducting pedagogue. Now emeritus professor of conducting, he served on the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance for 30 years whereas director of choirs he led the graduate program in choral conducting and oversaw the university's eleven choirs. In February 2006, he received two GRAMMY Awards ("Best Choral Performance" and "Best Classical Album") as chorusmaster for the critically acclaimed Naxos recording of William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and of Experience. The Naxos recording of Milhaud's monumental L'Orestie d'Eschyle, on which Blackstone served as chorusmaster, was nominated for a 2015 GRAMMY Award ("Best Opera Recording"). Opera Magazine reviewer Tim Ashley wrote: "the real stars, though, are the University of Michigan's multiple Choirs, who are faced with what must be some of the most taxing choral writing in the entire operatic repertory. Their singing has tremendous authority and beauty, while the shouts and screams of Choéphores are unnerving in the extreme. Their diction is good too: the occasions when we don't hear the words are Milhaud's responsibility, rather than theirs. It's an extraordinary achievement, and utterly mesmerizing."

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